Concrete resurfacing is a way of making your tired old concrete look like new once again. It is also an excellent and economical way of increasing the value and liveability of your home and can be done both outdoors and indoors. Essentially, it is a decorative coating – providing you with a brand new look at a fraction of the cost of removing and replacing the concrete with new concrete or another flooring system.
Concrete resurfacing is generally done using polymer-modified overlay systems or cement-based overlays. Polymer-modified overlays blend polymer resins with cement, sand, and other additives in order to improve performance, wear resistance, and aesthetic qualities. The overlay can be applied in layers as thin as a credit card or up to several inches thick, depending on what is necessary for your concrete.
Concrete resurfacing is available in a wide range of colours, designs, and textures, to suit any type of décor. Some options include sandstone, granite, brick, and paved finishes. Multiple colours can be used in order to provide an aged look, or you can even recreate the look of stamped concrete. Borders are often done in a different colour or pattern in order to bring highlights to the concrete. The work is sealed to ensure that the finish is water resistant and durable. Many resurfacing products are also slip reduced for safety.
Resurfacing is best done on surfaces that are clean and structurally sound. Small cracks can be covered by the resurfacing materials but larger cracks will need to be repaired first for optimal results. Be aware that resurfacing will not solve problems that cause damage to your concrete such as underlying soil movement. Aggregate and pebble finishes can be resurfaced. Maintenance is very simple as the sealing of the new surface means that it can simply be hosed down. Stains can be removed with soap and water or with a citrus based cleaner.
Concrete resurfacing, while possible to be applied by the home handyman, is best applied by a professional resurfacing company. This will ensure that you get the best and most long lasting finish possible. For best results engage a professional resurfacing company.
Concrete resurfacing costs will be determined by the size of your job, with concreters charging anywhere from $50 per hour for their services. Factors to consider in the final pricing include ease of access and how much work is needed to get the site ready for work to commence.
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